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Tree of Books At St. Louis Central Library

December 23, 2014 Books, Featured, Popular Culture Comments Off on Tree of Books At St. Louis Central Library

The St. Louis Central Library has the best “tree” on display right now.

Tree of books at the Central Library
Tree of books at the Central Library

Beautiful, plus no watering necessary or pine needles to clean up!

— Steve Patterson


Readers Like New York Thin, St. Louis, & Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Styles

In the Sunday Poll readers picked their favorite pizza styles:

Q: Pick two (2) favorite styles of pizza from the following:

  1. New York Thin Crust 14 [25%]
  2. St. Louis Style 13 [23.21%]
  3. Chicago Deep Dish (and stuffed) 12 [21.43%]
  4. The Original: Neapolitan 9 [16.07%]
  5. Detroit Style 4 [7.14%]
  6. California Style 2 [3.57%]
  7. TIE
    1. New England Greek 1 [1.79%]
    2. Unsure/no answer 1 [1.79%]
  8. Chicago Thin Crust 0 [0%]
  9. Tomato Pie 0 [0%]

See descriptions of each here. I like most styles of pizza — except St. Louis. I’ve been here over 24 years but the St. Louis style trio (crust, sauce & cheese) just doesn’t work for me.

— Steve Patterson


Readers Prefer Draught Beer

December 3, 2014 Popular Culture 1 Comment
Comparison between the about.com results and the results on Sunday. Click image to view about.com results,
Comparison between the about.com results and the results on Sunday. Click image to view about.com results

In the Sunday Poll at the start of the week readers indicated a preference for draught beer, with bottles #2. Below are the results:

Q: How do you prefer to drink beer?

  1. Draught (draft) in a glass 20 [55.56%]
  2. Bottle 9 [25%]
  3. Beer Bong 4 [11.11%]
  4. Doesn’t matter as long as they keep coming 2 [5.56%]
  5. N/A 1 [2.78%]
  6. Can 0 [0%]
  7. Plastic cup 0 [0%]

At right is a comparison between these results and the poll I used as the basis. The top two answers in both are the same but then they diverge. Of course, the Sunday Poll isn’t scientific.

— Steve Patterson


Sunday Poll: How Do You Prefer To Drink Beer?

Please vote in the poll, located in the right sidebar
Please vote in the poll, located in the right sidebar

The beer industry has seen lots of changes in my lifetime, as a kid I thought beer was the canned Coors my dad drank at the end of the workday. As an adult I learned beer is also sold in other forms like bottles and draft. The beer options today are much more varied than they were when I turned 21 (1988). Craft beers have taken so much volume from big beer that big breweries have consolidated and began buying craft brewers. See 9 Craft Beers You Didn’t Know Weren’t Craft Beers.

In the news last week was discussion of Budweiser and the use of the famous Clydesdale horses in advertising:

The self-proclaimed King of Beers is more of an afterthought among young consumers at Jake’s and bars across the U.S.: Some 44% of 21- to 27-year-old drinkers today have never tried Budweiser, according to the brand’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

Young drinkers aren’t the reason Budweiser volumes have declined in the U.S. for 25 years, from its nearly 50-million-barrel peak in 1988 to 16 million barrels last year. Light beers like its sister, Bud Light, have chipped away at Bud’s share of the market for decades. Bud Light overtook it as the No. 1 selling beer in 2001, and Coors Light displaced it as No. 2 in 2011. (Wall Street Journal – Bud Crowded Out by Craft Beer Craze)

This got me to thinking about a poll on beer, but different than previous polls in 2009 & 2013. I used a poll I found online as the model for today’s poll question: How do you prefer to drink beer?

Various answers like plastic cup, can, bottle are listed. The poll is open until 8pm (Central) today, results will be posted Wednesday. The poll is at the top of the right sidebar.

— Steve Patterson


Readers: St. Louis Rams Will Opt Out Of Dome Lease

ABOVE: Edward Jones Dome as seen from The Laurel Apartments
Edward Jones Dome as seen from The Laurel Apartments

A huge majority of readers who voted in the poll last week came to the correct conclusion: the Rams will exit the 30 year lease after just 20 years. Similar to when an apartment lease expires, the Rams will become year to year tenants of the Edward Jones Dome.

Q: At the end of the current NFL season the St. Louis Rams have the right to opt out of the last 10 years of their lease at the Edward Jones Dome. What’ll they do?

  1. Opt out, switching to a year to year lease 78 [83.87%]
  2. Opt in, committing to the last 10 years of the original lease 7 [7.53%]
  3. Unsure/no opinion 6 [6.45%]
  4. Other: 2 [2.15%]
    1. move
    2. new open-air stadium.

This doesn’t mean they’ll move, just that they’ll need to figure out a new facility. In the meantime, they’ll continue playing here.  Once they formally opt out they’ll probably be quiet for a while, building support among state & local politicians while also talking with groups in other cities seeking a team. The Raiders are doing the same:

The Raiders and Rams would both be formalizing plans to move to Los Angeles in 2015 if not for NFL intervention and the league’s overriding control of the process, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation.

Both franchises continue to devote considerable time, energy and resources toward securing an eventual move. There is no lack of desire or intent by either club, sources said, however there is a fear of running afoul of the league office, which has made it explicitly clear to those clubs that no franchise will secure the 24 necessary votes to facilitate a relocation to LA without its stadium, property and development deals being approved by the NFL.

Both teams, whose current leases expire after the season, continue to actively seek solutions to their hurdles currently preventing them from moving to Southern California, sources said. “There are live discussions involving two clubs potentially relocating there,” as one source put it. (CBS Sports)

In January the LA Times reported Rams owner Stan Kronke bought a stadium-sized parcel of land in the Los Angeles area.

My feeling is if they want a new stadium here let them pay for it, I can think of many more projects to invest tax dollars. I do hope it takes them a while to move, that’ll help reduce the remaining debt on the dome.

— Steve Patterson